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Gears of War: The Slab (Gears of War #5)

4.36  ·  Rating Details ·  641 Ratings  ·  32 Reviews

Ten years after Emergence Day, as the Locust Horde advances on humanity’s last defended area—Ephyra—in a bloody war that has seen billions die, Marcus Fenix does the unthinkable: he defies orders and abandons his post during a critical battle in a bid to rescue his father, weapons scientist Adam Fenix. But Adam is buried in the r
ebook, 464 pages
Published May 8th 2012 by Pocket Books (first published May 1st 2012)
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May 19, 2012 Charlene rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I've enjoyed all of Karen Traviss's Gears of War books so far, and The Slab is no exception. Covering the topic of Marcus's court-martial and incarceration, I knew it was going to be an intense story. I wasn't disappointed. As always, the characters she presented were multi-dimensional and believable, and I spent a great deal of the book breathlessly turning pages.

The sections of the book dealing with the Slab itself were quite believable to my mind, including how she chose to write her guards.
Creo que cuando empecé este libro esperaba demasiado, considerando los anteriores libros de Traviss yo pensé que este iba a estar al mismo nivel, y lamentablemente no, no es malo como tal, de ahí que sean 3 estrellas, pero sin embargo, creo que le falta carnita.

A diferencia de los libros anteriores ahora no maneja dos lineas de tiempo, sino que se centra nada mas en los hechos que pasan entre los años 10 y 14 después del día E, más específicamente sobre que es lo que hace Marcus para terminar en
Nick Raines
Jul 05, 2016 Nick Raines rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was not what I was expecting from a book based on a big dumb but fun video game series. It was a great read. The story revolves around the events leading up and during Marcus Fenix's ( Main character from game series) stay at the lovely little prison nicknamed The Slab. This book is easily the best video game tie-in book I have read and there are a few decent ones (and one truly awful one, Tomb Raider and The Ten Thousand Immortals) that I have read. Even the narrative of the book is ...more
Aug 22, 2015 Andrew rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
I believe that this is the first Gears book that is set entirely in the past without any jump into current events. So as a full prequel, it does a beautiful job of linking into the beginning of Gears of War (Xbox 360). The story perfectly fills in the little details between the events of the first game and what we’ve been reading in her past Gears’ novels that were otherwise off or did not appear to line up. I couldn’t help but smile whenever these things came up. As usual, Karen Travis excels ...more
Michael Alexander Henke
When Gears of War first starts Marcus Fenix is in a prison cell, and we don't really know too much about why he's there. This book explains everything leading up to the start of the first game, why he's there, what he's been doing, and everything else that's been going on around him. While it is a prequel, the book also does make mention of some things that aren't revealed until Gears of War 3, so you should probably have played that before reading this.
All of the Gears of War novels have been r
Jun 10, 2012 Greg rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great book. One of the better stories in the series. Makes me want to go back and play all the games again.
Oct 02, 2016 Ken rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi
Took a while to read this book as I was divided among other books but it was a nice background to the story leading up to the first Gears of War. If you have an appreciation for the game you'll enjoy this book!
Aug 10, 2014 Adam rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Karen Traviss- Few years ago I had an unexpected trip to Europe with a 8 hr flight and I did not have any books to take with me and very little time to search for something I would like. I went to the library and quickly picked up a book, because I liked the cover. I did not even check the author. I put it into my carry on luggage and went to the airport. On the airplane I took out the book- it was "The Slab" by Karen Traviss. On one hand I was lucky because I had very good Sci-Fi book ( I am ...more
Aug 27, 2013 Robert rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I've finally hit my limit with Karen Traviss's oeuvre of books based on video game franchises with "The Slab". While previous Gears novels by Traviss provided some well-paced, much needed backstory (or even inter-story), "The Slab" serves as a collection of all of Traviss's worst traits as a writer wrapped inside the answer to a question that didn't need answering. Nothing interesting happens until the end? Check. Lots of soul-searching and hand wringing? Check. Awesome super protagonists with ...more
Brad Wheeler
Call this 3.5 stars.

It took me awhile to decide how to rate this book. On the one hand, I'm a fan of Karen Traviss, and when it comes to military-style action there are few better writers (funny how the best military SF seems to be tie-in novels...). This book is no exception, and if it had been nothing but action and dudes being badass I would've rated it higher. Those sections were awesome.

But there's a ton of navel-gazing in between the action. The book is mostly about Marcus Fenix and what
Nov 11, 2012 Jasper rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
i believe this is the fifth novel in the Gears of War book series and it was a decent read. for hardcore fans of the franchise, it offers a ton more insight into the relationships between Marcus and his father, Adam, as well as with Dom, Anya and Hoffman. the other concurrent storyline deals with Adam Fenix's relocation to Azura, the secret island facility housing Sera's best and brightest scientists and analysts.
the best parts of the book were about Chairman Prescott outsmarting everyone he com
Brian Davis
This is an expanded universe story for the Gears of War franchise. The overall setting for the games and books is a depressing world of Siera. It is a world of seemingly endless conflict. The governments of the world finally achieving an end of war thanks in part to a weapon of mass destruction that forced the hand of one side to sign peace accords. Now a new threat has come from within the planet itself. This is all fantastic and exciting but the meat of this book is the story of fathers, sons, ...more
Matthew Ciarvella
Jul 24, 2014 Matthew Ciarvella rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014
This book wears its video game origin like an anchor around the neck. It's clear that the author has a strong sense of who her cast should be. While some of her characters like Anaya and Dom read exactly like their video game counterparts, others like Marcus and Hoffman feel like completely different characters. It's especially evident during the denounment, when Dom frees Marcus from the prison and the novel covers the opening scene from the first Gears of War. The dialogue is taken directly ...more
This book is a prequal. It tells the story of how Marcus was/why was court-martialed. It has Traviss' typical character development skills at work. Overall I enjoyed it but it contained slightly less action than normal. The author was also contrained by the timeframe she had to place the story in so the characters could only progress and mature so much because this story had to fit inbetween two others. The prison life part was ok, it seemed to be lacking something. Maybe because most of the ...more
Mar 28, 2013 Greenwood1 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
very good book, a bit slow at first not your typical gears of war speed and action. more drama following Fenix is time in prison that take place before the first game. as well following Adam (fenix's dad) is research on the locust and finally Dom try take Fenix out of the prison. so 3/4 of the book is slow pace but really dramatic between character. but you do have some part some GOW action in it. If you want know story before the 1 st game you will like this book. But if you dont care and just ...more
Nov 13, 2014 Krissys rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: featured-books, star
I really enjoyed this book because as a fan its nice to get more back story on our favorite characters and especially those involved with Marcus (and of course about Marcus himself.)
For those that had many questions about Marcus in GOW 3, (how he wound up in prison and why he was there and what his story was) this book will help fill in those blanks for players. (although that question is mentioned in the game) players will know bits and pieces but if players/readers want more in depth back sto
Krystal Hickam
Aug 17, 2015 Krystal Hickam rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed all the books in the series so far and this one did not disappoint. I really liked reading about the time Marcus spent in the prison. And it was a very intriguing backdrop to future events that would take place. The author has always done a great job of making you empathize with certain characters and hate others. I find authors who can do this to be the best ones. I havent played a gears game since 3 and this was a great way to hold me over till the next one comes out. I look forward ...more
Benn Jones
Aug 20, 2012 Benn Jones rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book has some hefty chapters, I can never stop reading a book before the end of a chapter and this book contains probably the longest chapters I have ever read, I mean as a constant throughout. It also risks overlapping with the game as apposed to stopping just before it, but I think it doppled well and gives you a real insight to how they really start. As apposed to the games, oh your out of prison now you kill everything kind of feel.
Aug 29, 2013 Adam rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If you enjoy this series and Karen Traviss' writing, then you will thoroughly enjoy this read. My only complaint is that it was the last book in the series! i would love to read more about this world, including the stories that took place in the games, that are not written about. Also having this in the beginning of the series would have made much more sense. Traviss' character exploration is great and even the side characters are engaging. Definitley recommend this book!
Joseph Griggs
The Slab wasn't the easiest book to finish, the pacing on this book was so slow and for a book based off the Gears of War game... there is very little Locust killing. Without giving away to many details, this book is set in the time frame just before the 1st game of the series and ends more or less with the start of the game. So in short, the book ends just before the real fun/action gets started.
Jaimelyn Thomas
May 08, 2013 Jaimelyn Thomas rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Traviss has yet to disappoint! This book was as fantastic as her others. She understands and portrays her characters in such ways that they simply come alive. She somehow delves into the minimal character development of the game and explodes with personality. She makes you care about their struggles. A must read for Gears fans!!
Apr 19, 2016 Michael rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Karen Traviss clearly cares about this franchise and it's clear with this book. Told shortly before the events of the first game, it details Marcus's military background and what led him to The Slab, a hardcore dog-eat-dog hellhole of a prison. It adds a lot of characterization to the big players of the series and is very well written. A definite read for fans of the franchise.
Sep 11, 2013 Dawie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Karen Travis takes us back in time to show just what exactly happend and why Markus Fenix was sent to jail all those years ago,Realy liked reading all these books in the Gears of War series. Strongly recommend it for any fan out there.
Dec 20, 2012 Juan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Love how it ties into The first gears Of war video game. karen Traviss Did a awesome job with these books.
Jun 29, 2012 Yoshi rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Brilliant prequel to the first Gears Of War game. Karen Traviss is such a goddamn brilliant writer! I'm gonna re-read the whole series again. And I've never done that before.

Delta out!
Ernesto I. Ramirez
Dec 10, 2015 Ernesto I. Ramirez rated it it was amazing
I loved this book so much that I needed to play the game once more and revive the original experince.
The game shows its age in the graphics but otherwise it has aged well.
Jan 10, 2014 Kate rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If you are a fan of the Gears Of War video games, you will enjoy this book as it adds extra depth to the characters of the game, particularly Marcus Fenix.
Mohammad Al-rumaithi
I liked this book since I saw this book in the store called chapters I saw this I read the back of it I feel interested of reading it
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